Sunday, 18 January 2009

no rioting, please!

Ok, stop, I submit. I will update the blog. Whether you like the contents or not I don't know…

Here's the batch of photos I made in the last week. I made a few more, but they were not fit for publication due to unsharpness, movement or general uninterestingness. As you can see from the photos, I walk to work in the dark. The last week the sun has started to rise a bit earlier again, so now I usually see sunrise somewhere along the route. One morning the sky had lovely shades of red and pink when I was coming through Frankendael. I experimented a bit with the settings on the camera and here's the result.


sunrise in frankendael

When I got near the stand of trees the clouds were looking very streaked against the rising sun.


more sunrise frankendael

I tried to catch the same colours at the villa, but by that time Aurora had left the building…


villa frankendael just after sunrise

When I got to work I saw a tanker truck delivering more clouds to our sister-institute AMOLF. They ware getting a load of liquid nitrogen which always makes for nice little clouds.


delivering clouds

I didn't go out in the evenings this week; I stayed in, chatting and playing Dragon Wars on FaceBook. Work was mostly editing the Annual Report. This will last for another two to three weeks by which time it should be on its way to the printer. The most boring part has yet to start: the publication list. This is a long list of articles which have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. The titles typically look like "Measurement of cos2β in B0→ D(*)h0 Decays with a Time-Dependent Dalitz Plot Analysis of D→ Ks0π+π", which is hell to type set. I'll be doing that job at home so I won't be distracted by colleagues walking into my room.

Friday afternoon I went to Enschede, near the German border. One of our graduate students, Jeroen, had to do his PhD defence at the Univerity of Twente. I drove up with Frank, who was on the promotion committee. Jeroen and I had worked in the past on the data acquisition and data storage for the HiSparc astrophysics project and we also have spent quite some time drinking pints of Guinness in Mulligans. I also designed the cover for his thesis and gave advice on some of the figures in the thesis. All in all a good reason to go to his defence.

He passed with flying colours and is leaving for Geneva one of these days to do a post-doc at CERN where he's been made a CERN fellow. That is a signal honour since there are very limited places for CERN fellows and typically there are more than 20 applicants for each place. To get selected means you know what you're doing.

Frank dropped me off at the train station in Almere on the way back where I caught the train to Amsterdam CS. By this time it was already 19:30 and I was getting really hungry. I got myself a falafel at Maoz on Mint square and then went to Mulligans for a drink.

Jeroen was giving a party later that evening in Café van Zuylen on the Singel. I walked there around 21:00 and came past this brightly lit house opposite the University Library.


singel at night

When I got to van Zuylen there was nobody there whom I recognised; it was crowded like hell and the music wasn't to my liking. I went home. I had already had my 'bitterballen' in Enschede, so I didn't feel too guilty.

Saturday night I went to Mulligans to hear Daithi Rua and Ed Veltrop play; a good gig. I had two whiskeys with Danny and then walked home.

7 comments:

Renate said...

love those clouds! all of them.

@dragon wars: if you like that, you should either get into World of Warcraft of Guild Wars or a text based adventure like Xyllomer. We'll talk about that next month!

Anonymous said...

Nice sunrise pics! Actually, I love them ALL,
gr. Viki !

Vincent said...

That second picture is absolutely stunning! Beautiful colours.
Nice to see another blog entry, even darker photo's are nice.

@ Renate: I played WoW from the EU start when it came out about 4 years ago but due to my move to Australia I can't play anymore. I do miss it... I would like to replace it with another game but I'm scared it will miss the magic. Everybody from my guild who tried another game eventually game back to WoW.

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